Room: A review

I knew when I first heard the premise for the novel ‘Room’ that I wanted to read it. I am always up for a first-person point-of-view story from an unconventional point of view. That’s why I read – and loved – The Art of Racing in the Rain, written from the point of view of a dog named Enzo. It was an unforgettable story with a plot that kept me riveted.
I found the same thing happening to me when I began to read Emma Donoghue’s Room. I was sucked into the highly dysfunctional world of of the five-year-old narrator, Jack. So drawn in, in fact, that I read the book in two days, something I hardly ever to do anymore because life is so crammed full. But I couldn’t put it down. I HAD to know what would happen next to this little boy and his brave mother.

The premise is this: “To five-year-old Jack, Room is his entire world. It is where he was born and grew up; it’s where he lives with his Ma as they learn and read and eat and sleep and play. At night, his Ma shuts him safely in the wardrobe, where he is meant to be asleep when Old Nick visits.Room is home to Jack, but to Ma, it is the prison where Old Nick has held her captive for seven years. Through determination, ingenuity, and fierce motherly love, Ma has created a life for Jack. But she knows it’s not enough…not for her or for him. She devises a bold escape plan, one that relies on her young son’s bravery and a lot of luck. What she does not realize is just how unprepared she is for the plan to actually work.”

 In her interactive website for the book (which is very cool) Emma writes: “In my experience, the bond between mother and newborn is a tiny, cozy world that gradually relaxes its magic to let the rest of the world in. But motherhood — even under ideal circumstances — also has elements of nightmare as well as fairy tale, sci-fi as well as realism: it’s a trip like no other, and it can occasionally feel like (let’s admit it, shall we, mothers of the world?) a locked room.”
Couple that insight with the spectre of the Room actually being a prison mom can’t escape from and the idea that Room is all the world her son knows, and you have the backdrop for a page-turner. I can’t say much more without spoiling the plot for you. Suffice it to say that as a mother, I was challenged to question what I would be willing to do to keep my child safe, not just in the physical sense, but in every sense.
So how about if I give you a link to read the first chapter so that you can check it out for yourself. Just click on the link at the right where it says “Read first chapter free”

And if you’ve read it, let’s chat in the comments section where we won’t spoil anything for those who’ve yet to read it. . .

Author: Susan

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  1. carla stewart on August 23, 2011 at 11:46 pm

    I didn't read the chapter. I've seen this book and been intrigued, but now that you've posted about it, I'm hooked. Yes, I'll get it. Your recco is enough for me. First person – my fave. Thanks, Susan!

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